The Army Corps included $3.8 million for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam gauntlet project in its fiscal year 2021 work plan. The project would reconfigure the Brandon Road lock in Illinois with an electric barrier, bubble barrier, acoustic deterrents and flushing lock, to prevent invasive silver and bighead carp from moving upstream. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-asian-carp-invasive

Patrick Canniff

Does Flint finally have clean water? Almost. Nearly four years after a court order required the replacement of lead pipes in the water system of Flint, Michigan, the work is only just now approaching completion. Read the full story by New York Magazine.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-michigan-flint-water-quality

Patrick Canniff

In Ohio, Cuyahoga County’s Lakefront Public Access Plan aims to provide access to Lake Erie and improve transportation along the shoreline while enhancing erosion control and shoreline stability. Read the full story by Spectrum News Ohio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-shoreline-access-ohio

Patrick Canniff

The effort to keep the invasive grass carp from running rampant in Lake Erie has been culminated in “The Lake Erie Grass Carp Response Strategy: 2019–2023,” which outlines Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ strategy for preventing grass carp from expanding beyond western Lake Erie and the Maumee and Sandusky rivers.  Read the full story by Port Clinton News Herald.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-grass-carp-invasive

Patrick Canniff

About half a century after local leaders first proposed building a breakwall in Lake Ontario to prevent flooding in New York’s Olcott Harbor, the project finally has reached the brink of state and federal approval, with state agency and Army Corps of Engineers permits remaining. Read the full story by The Buffalo News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-new-york-harbor

Patrick Canniff

In Michigan, Lake Superior State University was awarded a grant from the U.S. Forest Service’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to help create green infrastructure through the St. Marys River Green Stormwater Demonstration Project at a former industrial brownfield site later this year. Read the full story by WLUC – TV – Negaunee, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-green-infrastructure-restoration

Patrick Canniff

After a year of overwhelmed sewer systems, compromised roadways, lost beachfront property, and rampant erosion along the shoreline, Traverse City, Michigan is finally getting some relief: Water levels in the Great Lakes are dropping. Read the full story by The Ticker.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-water-levels-erosion-michigan

Patrick Canniff

As part of the Pike River Restoration Plan completed in 2013, the Petrifying Springs Park section of the Pike River in Wisconsin was identified for rehabilitation. Now with more than 525 tons of sediment and 368 pounds of phosphorous removed, short-term data is showing 55% reduction in phosphorus and 44% reduction in nitrogen. Read the full story by The Journal Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210120-wisconsin-river-restoration

Patrick Canniff

The U.S. Coast Guard says the submerged tugboat near Marquette’s Lower Harbor was removed and successfully salvaged Monday, with no fuel spilled between Friday’s submersion and Monday’s removal. Read the full story by WLUC – TV – Marquette, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-ship-tug-recovery

Patrick Canniff

In Traverse City, MI the FishPass project was designed to replace the Union Street Dam and protect native fish, while keeping out any invasive species. The project was put on hold by a judge citing concern over misrepresentations about the project effort. Read the full story by 9&10 News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-fish-michigan

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A water reservoir in Scanlon, MN was recently deemed an area of concern as a result of sediment contamination and has been selected for a collaborative environmental cleanup project beginning this fall by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office. Read the full story by Pine Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-pollution-minnesota

Patrick Canniff

Protesters set up camp Monday next to the Line 3 replacement pipeline construction project in Cloquet, MN. About two dozen protesters said they hope to slow down the project by trespassing during construction where the line runs through the Fond du Lac Reservation. Read the full story by KBJR – TV – Cloquet, MN.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-minnesota-protests-line-3

Patrick Canniff

Nearly 38 million tons of cargo were shipped last year along the route stretching from the lower St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes, with record shipments of grain offsetting a decline in liquid bulk, dry bulk and iron ore, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. said. View the full story by Canadian Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-st-lawrence-shipping-grain

Patrick Canniff

Members of the Kawartha Nishnawbe are holding their ground at Lock 28 in Burleigh Falls, ON, located about 200 km northeast of Toronto. Six days ago they put a halt to repair work at a dam, owned by Parks Canada, because there was no consultation. Read the full story by APTN News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-indigenous-dam-protest-ontario

Patrick Canniff

Wildlife researchers and scientists use aquatic birds as environmental change indicators in freshwater and marine environments. For about 50 years, herring gulls have been used to get a better idea of how the Great Lakes are changing through time, and have found in that time period a decline in volume and density. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-ecological-monitoring-gull

Patrick Canniff

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority based in Exeter, ON will be joining a group that includes the University of Michigan, the National Atmospheric Oceanic Administration, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to study water quality in the lower Great Lakes starting this summer. Read the full story by BlackburnNews.com.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-sediment-water-quality

Patrick Canniff

Canadian and U.S. officials are at odds over the fate of a pipeline underneath the Great Lakes, exacerbating disagreements over energy policy between the two nations as the Biden administration prepares to take office. Read the full story by The Wall Street Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210119-line-5-energy

Patrick Canniff

As part of an access grant that the Port Authority received through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission construction continues on Erie’s Bayfront as crews fix Holland Street Dock and restore recreational areas. View the full story by WJET – TV – Erie, PA.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210114-pennsylvania-dock-construction

Patrick Canniff

The price increases will raise more funds for beach upkeep, freeing up more money for needed improvements at the city’s other parks, city staff said. The first year of paid parking raised roughly $500,000 last summer. Read the full story by the Muskegon Chronicle.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210114-michigan-beach-improvement

Patrick Canniff

The Port of Thunder Bay shipping season closes today, marking the completion of the Port’s most successful year in over two decades.  Annual cargo volumes tallied 10.2 million metric tonnes (MMT), exceeding the ten million mark for the first time since 1997. Read the full story by Lake Superior News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210114-shipping-season

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MV American Courage, a 634-foot Great Lakes self-unloading bulker, is the largest ship ever to perform automatic dock-to-dock operation. This follows a decision by its owner —American Steamship Company, a subsidiary of Rand-ASC Holdings LLC —to fit the 1979-built ship with Wärtsilä SmartMove solutions for hands-off transit along the Cuyahoga River in Ohio. Read the full story by Marine Log.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210114-shipping-automatic-docking

Patrick Canniff

The wait continues for the second phase of the Little Lake cleanup project in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin’s Sunset Park. Lake Michigan’s high water levels have seeped in during the past two years, deepening the normally shallow water body and helping to mitigate water-quality issues. Read the full story by DredgeWire.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210114-restoration-wisconsin

Patrick Canniff

A recently signed federal law will provide $11.6 million to begin restoration of the 1.25-mile creek, officially known as the South Fork of South Branch of the Chicago River. The investment in ecological health will benefit both people and wildlife. Read the full story by Chicago Sun-Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210114-chicago-restoration

Patrick Canniff

The agency is looking to fund 10 large-scale projects as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a multi-agency project that provides funding for projects affecting Great Lakes states, with at least $300,000 grants. Read the full story by the Indiana Environmental Reporter.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210114-epa-grant-pollution

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) had granted a wetlands permit to the company for the mine. The Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc., objected to the decision in a contested case, citing incomplete identification of wetland impacts. Read the full story by WBAY – TV – Green Bay, WI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210105-michigan-wetland-mining

Patrick Canniff

Sand Point, was modified in the early 1990s with the placement of a large rock rubble-mound revetment to protect against erosion on Sand Point Road and the historic U.S. Coast Guard Station / Lakeshore Headquarters. The National Park Service has completed several analyses and conceptual designs to assess how best to modify the revetment and allow the site to restore to its natural condition. Read the full story by WLUC – TV – Munising, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210105-michigan-national-lakeshore-restoration

Patrick Canniff

Although federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves ended on Jan. 4, Minnesota laws have and will continue to protect wolves and ensure the responsible stewardship of this important wildlife species. Minnesota has the largest wolf population in the lower 48 states and is home to an estimated 2,700 wolves across nearly 40,000 square miles of northern and central Minnesota. Read the full story by Lake Superior News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210105-minnesota-wolf-esa

Patrick Canniff

Moving the coal piles from their current location could give the city and county 45 acres of riverfront property in the heart of the Green Bay area to redevelop. The effort to move the coal piles up the river could also present an opportunity to expand Port of Green Bay shipping operations. Read the full story by the Green Bay Press Gazette.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210105-wisconsin-coal-shipping

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The legislation prioritizes and updates federal maps used to respond to emergencies and protect habitats, species and structures along the Great Lakes that are most likely to be impacted by a potential oil spill or other major disaster. The last time some of these maps were updated was back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. View the full story by NPR News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210105-federal-mapping

Patrick Canniff

The STORM Act establishes loans that local governments could access to help mitigate the impact of rising water levels, coastal erosion and other damage caused by natural disasters in a more cost-effective way. Studies have shown that resilience and mitigation spending saves taxpayers more than $6 for every dollar invested. Read the full story by WLNS – TV – Lansing, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210105-shoreline-erosion

Patrick Canniff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, and its contractor, Dean Marine & Excavating, Inc., are scheduled to resume repairs of the Rochester (NY) harbor in the spring of 2021, repairing about 600 feet of the roughly 1,000-foot degraded section. Read the full story by Dvids.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-usace-harbor-repair

Patrick Canniff

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reimplement a lake trout bag limit and season for Lake Michigan beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The new bag limit and season will mirror previous lake trout regulations. The open season will now run from Mar. 1 to Oct. 31 with a new daily bag limit of two lake trout. Read the full story by Antigo Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-trout-wisconsin-fish

Patrick Canniff

A federal judge promised Monday she will hear from all Flint residents with something to say about a proposed $600-million-plus payment to partially settle claims arising from the 2014 lead poisoning of the city’s drinking water supply — even if it requires a court hearing that stretches over several days. Read the full story by Detroit Free Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-flint-water-settlement

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The Michigan Clean Marina Program is pleased to announce eight Michigan marinas have been named as Certified Clean Marinas. Each has been certified for three-year terms through 2023. Additionally, seven marinas have been Recertified as Michigan Clean Marinas. Read the full story by The Daily Mining Gazette.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-clean-marina-michigan

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Great Lakes Towing christened two of its new ice-breaking tugboats at its own shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio on December 16th, signaling its newbuilding campaign had passed the halfway mark. Pennsylvania is the fourth of a series of 10 tugboats Great Lakes is building to replace its ageing fleet. Wisconsin, fifth in this series, was also christened during a virtual ceremony hosted from the shipyard. Read the full story by Riviera.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-shipping-tugboat

Patrick Canniff

Arctic grayling have been absent from Michigan since the 1930s, but in 2016 the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative started the process to bring them back and hit a crucial milestone this fall when they were transferred to Marquette State Fish Hatchery. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-arctic-grayling-fish

Patrick Canniff

The Trump administration’s delisting of the gray wolf is being met with criticism by wildlife conservation groups, some of which plan to challenge the decision through lawsuits against the Interior Department to prevent the removal of Endangered Species Act protections. Read the full story by Capital News Service.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-wolves-wildlife

Patrick Canniff

After a series of intense storms over the past few years, Duluth’s Lakewalk is being rebuilt to protect the shoreline and the real estate behind it against rising lake waters, and against the more intense and frequent storms fueled by climate change. View and listen to the full story by MPR News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-duluth-harbor-erosion

Patrick Canniff

The 2020 Water Resources Development Act will be enacted as part of the omnibus appropriations legislation, and authorizes projects and programs led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study, design, and construct water transportation and infrastructure projects including the restoration and maintenance of wetlands and watersheds critically important to birds and the flood resilience of communities. Read the full story by Audubon.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201222-water-restoration-wetland

Patrick Canniff

The International Joint Commission has responsibility over the Great Lakes and Seaway and has to deal with a combination of serious problems that includes a warmer Lake Superior, higher water levels in Lake Ontario and the Upper St. Lawrence River, and the appearance of toxic blue-green algae on Lake Superior and Lake Erie. Read the full story by The Maritime Executive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201217-st-lawrence-seaway-ijc

Patrick Canniff

The Great Lakes continue to inch away from the record high water levels of the past few years. Lakes Michigan and Huron have been in the spotlight with the highest water levels recently compared to previous record high water levels. Read the full story by MLive.com.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20201217-water-levels-erosion

Patrick Canniff